23 Years and Counting

Firstly, thank you to everyone who took the time to wish me a happy birthday. Every gesture whether grand or small is deeply appreciated. And as I sit in my sunny living room eating what seems to be my 4th vegan cupcake of the day, I can't help but wonder about the (in)significance of today.

While I love and unabashedly indulge in all the birthday hoopla (ie. my much anticipated Magic Mountain trip tomorrow), I don't think the day is just about me, the birthday girl, but also about those who shaped my character and personality. Because without them, we wouldn't have anyone to be celebrating.

So I want to take the time to include in all this birthday attention the people who have made the greatest influence in my life: my mom, my dad, and my older brother.

Without their love, I wouldn't know compassion. Without their strength, I would have no courage. Without their example, I wouldn't understand excellence. Without them, I would be nothing.

So a big THANK YOU for all the wonderful messages, gifts, and thoughtful words. Just know that today I won't only be celebrating me entering my mid-twenties, but also celebrating 23 years of being a member of an amazing family.